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Essential Guide to Computer Data Storage: From Floppy to DVD, The by Andrei Khurshudov

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Personal Digital Assistants (PDA)

When people leave their desks (and desktop computers), they typically want to carry some information and applications with them: phone numbers, addresses, calendar, calculator, possibly an email program and web browser. To meet those needs, personal digital assistants were invented.

The first successful PDA was, perhaps, Apple Computer's Newton Message Pad. Of course, by today's standards the Newton was oversized and expensive, and its handwriting recognition wasn't too good, but it was a very popular high-tech device at the time. But the real success came to the PDAs in 1996, when the first Palm Pilot was introduced. It was simpler than the Newton, small and light, easy to operate, and could run for weeks on ...

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